Jeremy Renner, a 52-year-old actor who has been nominated for an Academy Award, is widely recognized for his outstanding portrayal of Hawkeye in the Marvel Avengers franchise. However, he recently opened up about a harrowing incident he experienced during the New Year's Eve holiday season. In an interview with ABC News, he recounted his terrifying experience and the long road to recovery.
According to a report from the Washoe County sheriff's office on News Year Eves, Renner was attempting to prevent his adult nephew from being hit by his snowcat vehicle, which operates on a track. Renner had been using the tractor to assist in pulling his nephew's truck out of the snow when the accident occurred. The report revealed that the parking brake was disengaged, causing the snowcat to begin sliding sideways. Renner quickly realized that the brake was malfunctioning and attempted to jump out of the vehicle, but was tragically dragged under it and crushed.
The incident was a traumatizing experience for the actor, who suffered severe injuries, he broke 30 bones, and required a lengthy period of rehabilitation. He spoke candidly about the physical and emotional toll the accident had taken on him, noting that it had been a challenging and painful journey. In his state of critical condition, he remembers “writing down notes in his phone”, while he was in the hospital, calling them his “last words to his family”. Renner’s story serves as a reminder of the importance of taking proper safety precautions in potentially hazardous situations, as well as the resilience and determination required to overcome adversity. The actor revealed that he had prepared a message to his family instructing them to turn off his life support if things were too hard for him to take.
Renner added that if his nephew Alex hadn't been there to assist him, he believed that he would have died atrociously. He stated that being alone during the accident would have been a horrible way to pass away, but fortunately, he wasn't alone as his nephew was there to help him. Additionally, he expressed gratitude towards others who came to his aid during the incident. "If I was there, on my own, that would've been a horrible way to die," he shared."And surely, I would've. Surely. But I wasn't alone – [I was with] my nephew. Sweet Alex. And the rest of the calvary came." He later acknowledged, “I've lost a lot of flesh and bone in this experience, but I've been refueled and refilled with love and titanium”.